FAA Drone Regulations – Recreational Vs. Commercial 2022

FAA Drone Regulations – Recreational Vs. Commercial 2022

One question new and experienced drone operaters have had to ask themselves at some point is – What are the FAA drone regulations – recreational vs. commercial and how do they apply to me? In this video we are going to dig into the FAA website and try to answer that question. By the end of this video you should have a better understanding of the regulations and what catagory you will fall in, and also the steps you will need to take to make sure you are operating within the law.

My hope is that this video will serve as a starting point for newer drone operaters, to help them better understand the ever changing drone regulations in the US. This is not meant to be an end all be all resourse but more of a jumping off point. Some of the opinions expressed in this video are my interpretations and are not meant to be taken as legal advice.

I am not a lawyer and nothing in this video is legal advice.

All informattion comes from the FAA website here


  1. Dirt Berger on August 14, 2022 at 8:21 pm

    Thank you for the help.

  2. Flying Buzzard on August 14, 2022 at 8:29 pm

    Do I have to register to show vid on YT……answer NO, not necessarily !!
    Recreational flight is just that, video on YT does NOT make it commercial…unlike what a few uninformed at the FAA seem to say ( ask 10 people at the FAA the same question and you will get 10 different answers )….
    IF a video is NOT monetized or for money etc, it is NOT commercial…and a disclaimer, no different than copyright or under age kids etc disclaimer works fine…IF YT places an AD on a video YOU have not known or agreed to, does NOT make it a "furtherance" of a Business .

    IF a Quad/aircraft is 250 grams or less it DOES NOT have to be registered .

    A person has a RIGHT to video their flight and place on YT without the threat of being in violation of a Part 107 infraction ….Commercialism, making money, monetization, furtherance of a business claim is based on just that, not flying around for FUN.
    Recreational or for FUN flight has just as much right to be on YT as someone throwing a ball into the air or a person running in circles….the FAA laws are ambiguous [ open to more than one interpretation ]
    at best . Again ask 10 different FAA folks you will get 10 various answers.
    §44809. Exception for limited recreational operations of unmanned aircraft
    Flying for FUN only is established by the FAA to allow just that…and making a video of yourself doing it is also part of the recreation and FUN…so basically UNLESS it is for payment/money/monetization etc…IT IS NOT Part 107 Commercial affiliated


  3. Rick Lao on August 14, 2022 at 8:44 pm

    I have one question, I am a US citizen living in abroad fly drone outside of US territory, but if I posting video on YouTube, do I need to follow FAA rules like getting part 107 certification?

  4. Backpacking Adventures on August 14, 2022 at 8:48 pm

    I’ve been debating getting a drone to use while hiking but since I hike mainly in a green tunnel so I never pull the trigger. Great information on drones and how it relates to your YouTube channel.

  5. Prohodaction on August 14, 2022 at 8:54 pm

    How are things?-well recording! )

  6. Rafael Tsitra on August 14, 2022 at 8:59 pm

    so if I use my drone to get footage for a music video and NOT GETTING PAID FOR IT, is this still recreational? I guess my main question is, how can someone say " you got paid for that footage " with no proof of money exchange. FYI my daughter makes music, makes no money from it and I got a drone to use because she wants to film music videos for her music and to post. so where is the right info?

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